:: Naples ::
Forever associated with nearby Mount Vesuvius, the ancient Greeks built Neapolis - their "new city"
- some time around 700BC to take advantage of its sheltered position in the curve of the Bay.
Later taken over by the Romans, and eventually a centre of first the Kingdon of the Two Sicilies,
and then the Kingdom of Naples, the city was quick to endorse the new Italian Republic with a
popular vote that's commemorated in the name of 'Piazza del Plebiscito'
Photos from over the years we've known the city... some were 35mm slides, some not!
Click on them individually to see larger versions, and a few explanatory notes
:: Central Napoli ::
Over to Naples, to see the Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore, the gorgeous Cappella Sansevero
and its wonderful collection of statuary - and whatever else we stumbled upon....
On the way up from the harbour, Castel Nuovo - and a sight of Roman warehouses and
port buildings, unearthed during construction of the new Piazza Municipio metro station.
From there, on the R2 bus to Piazza Garibaldi, and a first stop on Via Annunziata, where
the 'Sacra Ruota degli Esposti' - the Holy Wheel of the Neglected (or 'Put Out') - is
set in the wall of a former C14th convent, attached to the Basilica dell'Annunziata.
And then we just wandered...
For the various notes and captions I've added, and for larger images, click on one of these
thumbnails and then use "Previous" and "Next" to move around..
Pressing F11 for full-screen mode may also help!
:: Sunday in Mergellina ::
Over to the mainland, to enjoy the pleasures of a Sunday on the Chiaia seafront.
On AliLauro's catamaran - Acapulco Jet - it's just 30 minutes from Ischia Porto to
Mergellina, the city's 'other' hydrofoil port... a mile west of the main Molo Beverello.
From there, a walk through the gardens of the public park, the Villa Comunale, for the
Farmers' Market (NOTE: before going, do check if it's still held there - or perhaps now
in Piazza Dante, in the centre of town) and the historic Aquarium, before moving along
to Chiaia, for the Castel dell'Ovo, and lunch in the Borgo Marinari.
On the way back, after stopping in at Procida, sight of a distant waterspout, crossing
the route we'd just taken.
Click on the individual pictures to see larger versions (try pressing the F11
key for fullscreen mode), or else on the "slideshow" button at the top right
of this screen to watch them that way.
:: Ho Ho to Posillipo ::
A morning tour on one of the CitySightseeing open-top buses; westwards out along the Naples
coastline, passing through Chiaia, Mergellina and Marechiaro, to Posillipo - and back again.
Lazily, we took advantage of their shuttle to go from the port up to their base - near the
Castel Nuovo - although it's only a short walk, along which there are some great views down
into the archaeological dig, where excavations for a new Metro station have led to more and
more of the ancient Roman harbour being unearthed (still ongoing, as of February 2013)
For details of the various routes, prices etc, start from
For larger versions of these pictures, many of them with some explanatory notes, click on the
individual images and select either "Large" or "Original" from the list of sizes below!
:: MAN - the National Archaeology Museum, Naples ::
A few pictures taken during special touring exhibitions, and others of items from the
quite incredible collection held by the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (MAN)- gathered
not just at Pompeii and Herculaneum, but from sites all over the Campania region.
After almost 450 years the building is creaking, often there aren't enough staff to open
every one of the exhibition rooms, but nevertheless it's unmissable.... and, unusually
for such places in Italy, closed on Tuesdays!!!
For more details, see their rather so-so website, here
The best part of that is a 'collection by collection' guide to what they've got...
This 'tinyurl' link will fetch a good "how they did it" leaflet about the replica of
the Alexander mosaic, which can now be seen in place of the original at the House of
the Faun, at Pompeii...
On this page, click on individual images for larger version - several with notes etc..
:: National Railway Museum - Pietrarsa ::
Italy's very first railway line ran along the coast, past Vesuvius - from the royal villa
in Portici to the capital of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies.
Today the Pietrarsa railway museum is housed where Ferdinand II built his trains, on the
seafront only a mile or two from the centre of Naples - and within easy reach of Sorrento.
:: Many churches, a few temples... ::
Ancient and modern - Christian and pagan - Naples and Campania